Biophysical screening

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Our biology department is renowned for its biophysical assay development, screening and data interpretation. Extensive biophysical assay expertise gained within leading pharmaceutical organizations allows us to identify and apply the most appropriate biophysical techniques for any given target.

We offer a wide range of biophysical assays that provide important information on target engagement throughout the drug discovery process.

We use our biophysical capabilities from hit finding to lead optimization, including extensive use in our fragment-based lead discovery programs. Our biophysical techniques can also provide a full mechanistic, structural, kinetic, and thermodynamic profile of compounds at all stages of the project.

Biophysical screening, assay development and characterisation

Our teams use an array of biophysical techniques for screening purposes, and to increase understanding of compound-target interactions. These techniques can be used as primary screens; e.g. biosensors (Grating-Coupled Interferometry (GCI) and Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)) or Differential Scanning Fluorimetry (DSF) in fragment screening, or as orthogonal confirmatory assays in biochemical and cellular screening cascades.

Techniques range from simple thermal shift assays to more advanced techniques, such as MicroScale Thermophoresis (MST) using NanoTemper instrumentation, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) using MicroCal® PEAQ-ITCgrating-coupled interferometry (GCI) using Creoptix® WAVEdelta and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) using Biacore.

In combination, these techniques can provide vital affinity, stoichiometric, kinetic and thermodynamic data on ligands binding to their target.

All of the biophysical techniques mentioned are equally applicable to small molecules, peptides and biologics, including antibodies.

Creoptix WAVEcore

Next-generation bioanalytical instruments for drug discovery and life scien...
Creoptix WAVEcore

Our capabilities

  • GCI (Grating-Coupled Interferometry) using Creoptix® WAVEsystem
    Used for: library screening (including fragment libraries), orthogonal hit verification, hit validation, SAR, affinity profiling (KD) and kinetic profiling (ka, kd, residence time).

  • DSF (Differential Scanning Fluorimetry) using RT-PCR instruments
    Used for: library screening (including fragment libraries), orthogonal hit verification, hit validation, SAR and affinity profiling (KD)

  • SPR (Surface Plasmon Resonance) using either a Biacore T200 or a Biacore 8k
    Used for: library screening (including fragment libraries), orthogonal hit verification, hit validation, SAR, affinity profiling (Kd) and kinetic profiling (ka, kd, residence time)

  • ITC (Isothermal Titration Calorimetry) using a MicroCal PEAQ-ITC
    Used for: protein QC, validation of other biophysical techniques, orthogonal hit verification, hit validation, SAR, affinity profiling (KD) and thermodynamic profiling (ΔG, ΔH, ΔS)

  • MST (MicroScale Thermophoresis) using a NanoTemper NT115pico
    Used for: protein QC, validation of other biophysical techniques, library screening (including fragment libraries), orthogonal hit verification, hit validation, SAR and affinity profiling (KD)

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